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SpongeBob SquarePants
Spongebob Logo (first)
The show's original logo.
Genre: Animated comedy
Family
Musical
Fantasy
Created by: Stephen Hillenburg
# of episodes: 241
Running time: 22-23 minutes

(9-12 minutes per segment)

Original run: May 1, 1999 - present
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SpongeBob SquarePants (2009 logo)

SpongeBob SquarePants is an animated television series created by marine biologist/animator Stephen Hillenburg. The series premiered right after the Kids' Choice Awards on May 1, 1999. It officially began airing on July 17th of the same year with the second episode "Bubblestand/Ripped Pants". The main character is an accident-prone sponge, SpongeBob SquarePants, his dumb starfish pal Patrick Star, the stingy octopus Squidward Tentacles, the cheapskate crab Mr. Krabs, his fashion-obsessed daughter Pearl and the overly hyper squirrel Sandy Cheeks, who wears an astronaut suit all the time and is characterized as a south westerner. Most episodes take place in the town of Bikini Bottom or the surrounding lagoon floor, islets, deep, or at their own houses.

The cartoon is designed to appeal to older viewers as much as to children. This has a lot to do with the way underwater life and situations are represented, absurdly, as though they are almost equivalent to normal terrestrial lifestyles. Instead of cars, the residents of Bikini Bottom drive boats—with wheels of course. Once, while on a camping trip, Patrick questions how they could have a camp fire on the lagoon bottom—the fire is immediately extinguished with a sizzle. A flurry of bubbles accompany many actions, just to remind the viewer everything is underwater. SpongeBob lives in a pineapple, while his neighbor Squidward lives in an Easter Island head and Patrick lives under a rock. The suggestion is that both have fallen from a tropical island to become underwater habitats. Spongebob's house-pet is a snail named Gary, who only meows like a cat, though characters have shown signs of being able to understand him. As such, worms are the undersea equivalent of dogs. Scallops are the equivalent of birds, as they "fly" and are kept in cages. Jellyfish are the equivalent of bees as they buzz and sting, and are used for their jelly, but are collected or appreciated like butterflies.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, the first theatrical film based on the series, was released on November 19, 2004. According to Square Roots, the movie was also the reason for the long hiatus between "Pranks a Lot" and "Fear of a Krabby Patty". A second movie, titled The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, is scheduled for release on February 6, 2015.

Due to the second SpongeBob movie being in production, the show will take a long hiatus again. New episodes are expected to return sometime in 2015.


History / Production

Main article: SpongeBob SquarePants Timeline

Theme Song

Main article: SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song

The theme song, a sea shanty-style tune is sung by Pat Pinney and can also be found on the soundtrack, SpongeBob SquarePants: Original Theme Highlights. A cover of the song by superstar Avril Lavigne can be found on the soundtrack for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. There was also a choral version done for the early episodes.

For several special episodes, the theme song was altered to fit the plot of the episode, such as in "Christmas Who?" and "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?"

Characters

Main article: List of SpongeBob SquarePants characters
  • SpongeBob SquarePants- A square sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea. He works at the Krusty Krab along with his boring neighbour Squidward.
  • Patrick Star- A cheerful, naive and unintelligent starfish, who is SpongeBob's best friend. He lives under a rock to the right of Squidward's house.
  • Squidward Tentacles- A hostile squid that lives in an Easter Island head between the domiciles of SpongeBob and Patrick. Although loved by the other characters, Squidward appears pessimistic and antisocial.
  • Sandy Cheeks- Another friend of SpongeBob's, Sandy is an athletic squirrel from Texas. She wears an old spacesuit and lives in the "Treedome" so that she can survive Bikini Bottom's ocean environment.
  • Eugene H. Krabs- The cheapsake, miserly owner of the Krusty Krab. Commonly known as Mr. Krabs, he is SpongeBob and Squidward's boss. He lives in an anchor with his daughter Pearl, who is a whale.
  • Sheldon J. Plankton- The owner of the Chum Bucket and Mr. Krabs's main rival. He is determined to steal the secret Krabby Patty formula from The Krusty Krab and run Mr. Krabs out of business.
  • Gary- SpongeBob's pet snail, and thus meows like all snails on the show. He is very intelligent, as revealed in the episode "Your Shoe's Untied". Gary actually wears shoes, and taught SpongeBob how to tie his shoes. Gary also has many other items stored in his shell.

Episodes

Main article: SpongeBob SquarePants episode list

Seasons

Season Episodes First Episode Latest Episode

Season 1

20 May 1, 1999 April 8, 2000
Season 2 20 October 26, 2000 July 26, 2003
Season 3 20 October 5, 2001 October 11, 2004
Season 4 20 May 5, 2005 July 24, 2006
Season 5 20 February 19, 2007 July 19, 2008
Season 6 26 March 3, 2008 July 5, 2009
Season 7 26 July 19, 2010 June 11, 2011
Season 8 26 March 26, 2011 December 6, 2012
Season 9 27 July 21, 2012 TBA
Season 10 36 TBA TBA

Movies

Title  Release Date Note Running Time
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie November 19, 2004 Theatrical Film 87 Minutes
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water February 6, 2015 Theatrical Film Over 60 minutes

Home video releases

Main article: SpongeBob SquarePants videography
Main article: SpongeBob SquarePants international videography

Cast

Additional voices in the movie

Crew

References

External links

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